Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Swedish Pancakes




6 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

2 cups milk

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla.


Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Bring round skillet to medium heat & spray lightly with a no-stick spray. Pour 1/4 -1/2 c. batter (depending on how large your skillet is) and immediately remove from burner. Tilt the skillet in circular motions to bring the batter out to the (bottom) edge of the skillet & continue this motion until the batter is no longer moving. Place back on burner and watch until your pancake starts to bubble up from underneath & edges come away from the skillet easily. You might be able to peel it up enough to see that the underside is getting a nice golden brown in the middle. Flip. Second side does not cook as long (1 min. at most).
Remove pancake from skillet.
Heat up a package of pre-sliced frozen strawberries (or any other kind of fruit that doesn't necessarily have to be frozen- canned pie filling works great too!) w/ sugar & put a few spoonfuls of these on your pancake and roll it up. Top with powdered sugar or whipped cream. Or just spread a little butter around on it and roll it up and eat it plain.

Monday, December 6, 2010

"Tin Lizzie"

Noel E. Bullock in his Model T that coined the term "Tin Lizzie"

Henry Ford sold his Model T from 1908 until 1927.

Many also may know the Model T by its nickname, the “Tin Lizzie.” But how did the Model T get its nickname? In the early 1900s, car dealers would try to create publicity for their new automobiles by hosting car races.

In 1922, a championship race was held in Pikes Peak, Colorado. Entered as one of the contestants was Noel Bullock and his Model T, named “Old Liz.”

Since Old Liz looked the worse for wear (it was unpainted and lacked a hood), many spectators compared Old Liz to a tin can. By the start of the race, the car had the new nickname of “Tin Lizzie.” To everyone’s surprise, Tin Lizzie won the race. Having beaten even the most expensive other cars available at the time, Tin Lizzie proved both the durability and speed of the Model T. The surprise win of Tin Lizzie was reported in newspapers across the country, leading to the use of the nickname “Tin Lizzie” for all Model T cars. ~Jennifer Rosenberg

Noel E. Bullock of North Platte, Nebraska, began building his racer in 1916 from a junked Model T truck frame, radiator and hood. Bullock won 74 dirt track races in Nebraska with “Old Liz,” but was unknown in big-time racing. To prepare for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, he purchased a Rajo motor block for $50.00 and four new Firestone cord tires mounted on Dayton wire wheels “because I knew I couldn’t get anywhere in auto racing unless the wheels stood up. The wheels and tires cost me more than the rest of the machine.

The ambitious 22-year-old Bullock drove “Old Liz” 250 miles to Colorado Springs. At the posh Broadmoor Hotel where racing enthusiasts and drivers gathered, an onlooker said “Maybe in its own class but a ‘Tin Lizzie’ has no chance against the power of a Packard or a Mercer.

A Ford writer reported that underdog Bullock drove “the wildest and most reckless race in the history of the Pikes Peak climb…. On one curve a rear wheel skidded over the edge…but luckily his right wheel held the ground and pulled him out.” Averaging 38 miles per hour the home-built Model T clocked 19:50:9 for the best time of the day to win the Penrose Trophy and $500.00.

Four days after the Peak victory, Bullock broke the state half-mile record at a race in Longmont, Colorado. The now famous “Old Liz” was displayed at Denver area Western Auto Stores. But Bullock was barred from the 1923 Pikes Peak Hill Climb because he and King Rhiley (1921 PPHC winner) competed in a dirt track race not sanctioned by the American Automobile Association.

Bullock never raced on the Peak again, and a Model T never won another Pikes Peak Hill Climb. After 150 auto racing victories Bullock turned to aviation and tragically died in a plane crash in 1934.

Noel Bullock's "Old Liz" sits on display

at the El Pomar Carriage House Museum in Colorado Springs.

My husband (Brett) & great-nephew to Noel is in the photo below.

Noel had 2 brothers- Ward & Wayne.

Wayne was the only one who had a son.

His son is Noel's namesake

& my father-in-law.

Brett is one of two sons

and we have one son.

So the Bullock name shall live on..........

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dear Santa,

Over the course of the last 10 years I have learned this- if I am to remember what exactly it is I want for Christmas 'round about the time people start asking me what I want for Christmas- I must start making my list well in advance. Last year I started keeping this list on my blackberry. This Summer I dropped my blackberry in the lake.
So now, in an attempt to get all of our wishlist items in one easy-to-access format- I will blog it.

Kyler's List
Under Armour shirt size YMD (added to list by Yours Truly)

Kristen's List
An American Doll gift certificate
Juggling Balls beach color (she needs 3 and these ones are sold individually)

Kaila's List
black & white panda anything- as she seems to be really into pandas lately
any of these 12-Book Libraries (preferably in English)
Ok, I'm hitting a wall here- gonna hafta work on this and come back to it later. Shoot me any great ideas you might have for a 3 1/2 year old little girl! :)

Brett's List
Still working on this one too...

Suzi's List
$ for matting & framing photos
microfiber/terry bathrobe
"Such Things" tee from Wild Olive (style: classic, size xxl)
The Perfect Brownie Pan (on sale @ Shopko starting 12/2)

and of course ...

Peace on Earth & good will towards men!

Now I think I'll go put the tree up ....